Degree Patterns

FIRST YEAR ENGLISH COURSES at StFX

English 100 and English 111/112 are equivalents, and both patterns act as pre-requisites for future English courses at X. Students will receive credit for one or the other, not both. English 111 will be offered in both Fall and Winter, while 112 will normally be offered in Winter. Students may take 111 and 112 in different sections and with different professors, and even in different years (i.e., you can take 111 in your first year, and 112 in your second or subsequent years). If you enroll in English 100 and decide to leave the course before January, you might consider enrolling in English 111 in your second semester.

FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS: When you arrive at StFX, many of your courses will transfer as StFX equivalents. If your courses transfer in as any of the following, you should take English 112 if you intend to take future English courses: 111, 100A and 100B. If you arrive with only the equivalent of 112 or with courses that transferred as 193 or 196, please contact the Department.

 

As students take additional courses beyond the introductory level, the following requirements apply:

  • A student must successfuly complete 12 credits to create a “pair”: English 100, 110 or equivalent and 6 credits in a combination of 200-level and/or 300-level English courses;
  • A student taking 300-level English courses will normally have as prerequisites 9 credits of university-level English courses;
  • A student taking 400-level courses will normally have third-year standing and have taken a minimum of 15 credits in university-level English as prerequisites. Priority will be given to honours and advanced major students in English.
Medieval Literature courses: 206**, 207**, 290, 388, 389, 491***
Renaissance Literature courses: 238, 239, 304**, 305, 308
18th-Century Literature courses: 253, 254, 355, 356
19th-Century Literature courses: 242, 243, 246, 255, 256, 270, 271, 323, 325, 397*
20th- and 21st-Century Literature courses: 201, 211, 216, 217, 218, 233, 241, 257, 258, 311, 319, 329, 330**, 337**, 353, 378, 379, 492***
Postcolonial Literature courses: 240, 245, 347
Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory courses: 206**, 207**, 215, 313, 314, 318
Canadian Literature courses: 263, 264, 338, 366, 367, 368
Creative Writing courses (may serve as 20th- and 21st-century requirement): 231, 332, 422

* ENGL 295, 297, 298, and 397 are "Selected Topics" courses which correspond to the appropriate period /category as dictated by the course content during the term in which the course was taken.

**These courses will meet different degree requirements depending on the course content during the term in which the course was taken. For example, ENGL 206 and 207 may count as Medieval or Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory; ENGL 330 may correspond with 19th-century literature or 20th- and 21st-century literature; etc. Please contact the department for further clarification.

*** ENGL 491 and 492 are "Selected Topic" Senior Seminars. During the 2017-2018 academic year, these courses fall under the historical periods as indicated above.

English Major Program

English Major students should consult with the Department Chair in March of their Sophomore year. Students majoring in English must take the following courses: ENGL 100, 110, 111/112 or equivalent; six credits Medieval or Renaissance; six credits 18th- or 19th-century; six credits 20th- and 21st-century or Canadian or Postcolonial; and twelve credits ENGL electives. Major students will normally complete at least nine credits of 200-level courses before enrolling in a 300- or 400-level course.

English Advanced Major and Honours Programs

English Advanced Major students take at least 36 credit hours in their major subject and Honours students at least 60 credit hours. Advanced Major and Honours students are counselled individually by the Department Chair when they enroll in these programs.

Students who wish to enroll in the Advanced Major or Honours programs must see the Department Chair after the March break but before April 1 of their Sophomore year.

Students in the Advanced Major program will take the following courses: English 100, 110 or equivalent; 24 credits of English electives from four of the five following historical periods, including: Medieval; Renaissance; Restoration and 18th-century; 19th-century; and 20th- and 21st-century; and six credits of senior seminars, one 3-credit senior seminar in the fall term, and another 3-credit senior seminar in the winter term. They must also write an Advanced Major thesis in their final year as part of one of their senior seminars.

Students in the Honours program take English 100, 110 or equivalent, and 24 credits of English electives from four of the five following historical periods of literature, including: Medieval; Renaissance; Restoration and 18th-century; 19th-century; and 20th- and 21st-century literature. Students also take 18 credits of English electives from three of the following four categories, including: Postcolonial; Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory; Canadian; and Creative Writing. An Honours thesis is also required (6 credits), as well as 6 credits of Senior Seminars (one 3-credit senior seminar in Fall term, and another 3-credit senior seminar in Winter term).

English Honours with Subsidiary Subject or English as Subsidiary Subject

Students may take an Honours degree in English with a subsidiary subject or they may declare an Honours degree in another eligible discipline with English as their subsidiary subject. "Subjects Available" can be found in section 4.1.2 of the most recent Academic Calendar. Those registered in the English Honours with a subsidiary subject must follow the same pattern as listed in the English Honours program (60 credits). Students registered with English as their subsidiary subject must register in 24 credits in English, with at least 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level.

Students wishing to enroll in this program should consult with the Department Chairs of both disciplines involved after the March break but before April 1 of their Sophomore year. English Honours students in this program must normally meet the requirements stated above for English Honours students. Students taking English as their subsidiary subject must normally meet the requirements stated above for English Major students.

Senior Seminars

All Advanced Major and Honours students must take six credits of senior seminars (one 3-credit course per term) in their final year. Honours students may be allowed to register for credit in one of these courses in their junior year, if numbers permit, but they must still register for senior seminars in their senior year. Each year 3-credit senior courses are taught by specialists in their respective fields. Because registration for these courses is controlled, it is possible that a student’s first choice may not be available. Although instructors’ methods vary, typically there is emphasis on discussion, student participation, and student presentation. These courses are designed for students with experience in literary studies who are committed to contributing to a seminar format and maintaining a high level of performance.

Thesis

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